Winter Blooming Jasmine (Jasmine polyanthum)

by Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Winter Jasmine is known for its pink buds that open to delicate, 5-petaled, star-shaped flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. This climbing jasmine from Winter JasmineChina has a profuse display of fragrant white flowers that appear in the dead of winter. It is the national flower in many countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. Jasmine is also a popular girl’s name in many countries including the United States.

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Growing Kumquats- The Pop-in-Your-Mouth Fruit

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

The Kumquat is thought to have originated in Southern Japan and China.  It was originally known as the “gam kwat” with an early reference in the 12th century. Fortunella margarita 'Nagami'Kumquats are loved for their oval, oblong or round tiny fruit that produce abundantly on small trees in the ground or prolifically in containers. The bite-size, pop-in-your-mouth fruit have edible skin.  Some varieties are sweet on the outside and tart on the inside; others are sweet all the way through. In 1864, Robert Fortune, a collector from the London Horticultural Society introduced kumquats to Europe, and shortly thereafter to North America. In 1915, Kumquats were no longer classified as Citrus japonica but were named after Mr. Fortune and the new genus became  Fortunella.

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Camellias – Delightful Winter and Spring Bloomers

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Camellias are well-loved flowers, nicknamed the “tea flower” with hundreds of different species boasting unusual colors and forms. They are flowering shrubs from highFragAsia and are well known for their prolific floral displays in winter and spring. Camellias were first grown in China and Japan where they were depicted in art, on wallpaper and even on early porcelain. In the early 1700’s, the camellia made its way to England. Camellia sinensis, the tea of commerce, was brought to England for the tea industry.

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Choosing Containers, Pots and Vessels for your Plants

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Containers, pots and vessels for plants have been around for thousands of years. They have become a well-loved art form and brokenmany times they are the focal point in garden rooms, patios and windowsills. In the United States, a glazed flowerpot dating back to 1750 from Norwich, Connecticut was thought to be the earliest pot in the U.S. but then a three-inch clay pot in a Spanish settlement on Parris Island, SC was unearthed dating back to 1569. The earliest flowerpot on record was first documented in 317-287 BC Athens, Greece. Whether beautiful hand thrown, rolled-rim terra cotta pots from Italy, glazed orchid pots from England, colorful plastic pots from China or earthen pots from the United States, we know one thing for sure and that is the obsession with pots is worldwide. There is no question that size, shape, color and form are players in the container gardening scene but our focus in this article is about the advantages and disadvantages of each container and their effects upon the plant.

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Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)- Growing this Culinary Spice for your Kitchen Table

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is the most commonly used spice in the world and when paired with salt can be found on almost every Potted peppercorn planthousehold table in the United States. (The Ultimate Guide To Growing Black Pepper, April 2013). Black Pepper has known health benefits such as: it increases nutrient absorption, improves heart rate and blood pressure, promotes healthy cell growth and digestion, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and enhances the immune system. The beauty of the Black Pepper spice is that not much is needed to get the beneficial effects. (What is Black Pepper Good For? Jan. 2013, Mercola.com) The plant, Piper nigrum is native to South India, loves the hot tropics and has been in cultivation for over 2,000 years.  In temperate climates, Black Pepper makes an excellent houseplant.

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Grow Your Own Cup of Coffee

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Coffee arabica plant
Coffee is a popular beverage around the world. In America alone, 54% of the population over age 18, consume coffee everyday (National Coffee Association 2014). Every few years, a new study comes out and tells us something new about coffee consumption. Lately, the research has been pointing to health benefits such as: long term coffee consumption can reduce the risk of diabetes, slow the progression of liver cancer, lessen the risk of Parkinson’s disease and is reported to not have any ill effects with regards to heart disease or stroke (Harvard School of Public Health 2015). Coffee consumption is not going away. Instead, the enjoyment and ritual around a morning cup of coffee has become an obsession. Growing your own coffee beans is now a key part of that obsession.

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Growing Starfruit in Pots

Star Fruit is a juicy tropical fruit with a delicious tart flavor. The yellow fruit is 3-4″ long with a waxy skin and 5 prominent ridges. A cross-section of the cut fruit looks like a 5-pointed star. Star Fruit is low in calories and low in sugar so it’s an ideal fruit for the whole family to enjoy. When it’s grown in the tropics, one Star Fruit tree can provide fruit for up to three families because of its prolific fruiting habit.

Where Star Fruit GrowsPlant
Star Fruit, or Averrhoa carambola. is a tropical fruiting tree in the oxalis family that’s native to tropical Asia. Widely grown throughout the warmer areas of the world, it has little hardiness but can tolerate a light frost and temperatures into the high 20’s for short periods. In general it needs temperatures above freezing to prevent plant damage.

Grown as a Potted Plant
As a northern container plant, it will survive in greenhouses or sunrooms during the winter months and it should be grown outside during the summer months. During the winter, night temperatures need to be kept well above freezing. Low temperatures will often lead to leaf drop and at times, the plant will almost completely defoliate. No worries though, the plants will recover once the warm temperatures return.

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